NDCU robber sentenced to 10 years in jail for string of West Kootenay crimes

Andrew Stevenson was sentenced in Nelson Provincial Court Wednesday.

The man involved in a string of robberies that terrorized financial institutions and the public throughout the West Kootenay in spring of 2014 was handed a 10-year jail sentence by judge Richard Hewson Wednesday morning in Provincial Court.

A clean-shaven Andrew Stevenson stood silent in the prisoner’s box with defence lawyer Ken Wyllie nearby as Judge Hewson read out the sentence.

Cops face uphill battle keeping crystal meth out of the Koots

Cops face uphill battle keeping crystal meth out of the Koots

Despite its renown as a marijuana hotbed, the West Kootenay has largely avoided the ugly spectre of crystal methamphetamine – until recently.

Three arrests Friday (see ) have police on high alert against one of the most destructive illegal drugs available on the black market.

Trail RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr said the region hasn’t seen anywhere near the kind of meth problem that plagues the lower mainland and other major urban centres.

Crystal Meth arrests outside Rossland/Trail

Crystal Meth arrests outside Rossland/Trail

Three people have been arrested after police found crystal meth in a vehicle Friday night, according to RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

“On Sept.18, at approximately (8 p.m.) members of the Trail RCMP General Duty Section pulled over a vehicle which was travelling from Rossland to Trail,” Orr said. “The three occupants of the vehicle were arrested for Possession of Drugs for the Purpose of Trafficking. During the search of the vehicle approximately 20 grams of crystal methamphetamine and two grams of black tar heroin were located.”

IIO to investigate officer-involved shooting in Burnaby

IIO to investigate officer-involved shooting in Burnaby

An officer-involved shooting in Burnaby will be investigated by the Independent Investigations Office, according to a press release issued Friday.

“Just before 7 a.m., police responded to a complaint of shots fired at a residence in the 3800 block of Frances Street in Burnaby, where at least one male victim was shot and the suspect still present,” said the release, which was issued by Sgt. Annie Linteau. “Multiple police resources were dispatched to the scene and a perimeter was established with coordinated resources from the Lower Mainland District and the Vancouver Police Department given the proximity.

Man guilty in manslaughter death of Crescent Valley woman out in 19 months

Neil Snelson was sentenced to 11 years in prison Wednesday in Kamloops. — Photo submitted

The man found guilty in manslaughter in the death of former L.V. Rogers High School graduate, Jennifer Cusworth, will be out on the street in 19 months after being sentenced in Kamloops Court Wednesday.

Judge S. Dev Dley sentenced Neil Snelson to 11 years in prison for the manslaughter of Jennifer Cusworth.

The sentence, combined with time served, means Snelson will serve another one year and seven months.

IIO BC to Investigate Fatal Police Involved Motor Vehicle Incident

IIO BC to Investigate Fatal Police Involved Motor Vehicle Incident

The Independent Investigation Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) has been called in to investigate a fatal motor vehicle incident involving an off-duty police officer.

Sgt. Annie Linteau, of the BC RCMP Communications said in a media release an RCMP officer traveling in his personal vehicle Tuesday (September 15), at approximately 5 p.m. at the intersection of Fairview Road and Highway 97 in Penticton was involved in a collision with a pedestrian. 

A four-year-old boy was transported to hospital.

The boy has since succumbed to his injuries.

RCMP asking for public assistance to locate missing Kelowna woman

Megan Doyle . . . missing since Friday from Kelowna

RCMP in Kelowna is asking the public to be on the lookout for a 31-year-old Kelowna woman, missing since Friday (September 11).

Megan Doyle, last seen during the evening hours of Friday, is believed to be in the area of Big White or heading to Nakusp.

Doyle was driving a grey 2012 Toyota Rav 4 with BC licence plate 978 LHJ.

The Toyotal Rav does not have a spare tired attached to the rear of the vehicle.

Doyle is described as Caucasian, 5’8”, and 160 pounds, with brown, shoulder length hair and green eyes.

UPDATED: RCMP confirm body of two year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette found in rural area near Blairmore

Two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette went missing Monday from Blairmore, Alta. — RCMP photo

In a media release Tuesday night, RCMP said investigators have found what they believe to be the body of two year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette in a rural area near Blairmore, Alberta.

The body was located Tuesday afternoon during a police search based on information received in their efforts to locate her.

Government cracks down on drone operators

Mike Morris, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations outlines new fines for the illegal use of drones. — Submitted photo

The Government of British Columbia is working to stop the illegal and dangerous use of drones near wildfires with tough new rules and a public awareness campaign to keep British Columbians safe.

Mike Morris, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, outlined the four-point plan at a news conference recently in Prince George.

“Our message is simple. If your drone is in the sky above an active wildfire, you are grounding firefighting aircraft, putting lives at risk and may cause the fire to spread,” said Morris.

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